One of the highlights of Savannah's literary calendar is the annual Book Festival. In its second year, the festival will be held Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 8, and will be located around historic Telfair Square. The UGA Press will have a book display at the festival; come by our booth (on Telfair Square at Barnard Street between York and State Streets) and check out our "Buy Two Books, Get One Free" special.
Several authors with books from the Press are on the festival schedule. Roy Blount Jr., author of CRACKERS, will deliver the keynote address at Trinity Church on Friday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, February 7, the Press has a full slate of authors on the schedule. Constance Curry, contributor to DEEP IN OUR HEARTS and MISSISSIPPI WOMEN, will speak with Robert Zellner in the rotunda of the Telfair Academy at 11:00 a.m. Judith Ortiz Cofer, author of EL DELI LATINO and A LOVE STORY BEGINNING IN SPANISH, will read her poetry in the fellowship hall of Trinity Church at 1:00 p.m. Roy Blount Jr. will speak again, this time in the sculpture gallery in the Telfair Academy at 2:00 p.m. Food writer and local Savannahian Damon Lee Fowler, who wrote the foreword to our reissued edition of Mrs. S. R. Dull's SOUTHERN COOKING, will speak in the Neises Auditorium at the Jepson Center at 2:00 p.m. David Kirby, author of ULTRA-TALK and WHAT IS A BOOK? will read his poetry in the fellowship hall of Trinity Church at 2:00 p.m. Former Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, author of OGLETHORPE'S DREAM, rounds out the schedule with a reading of his poetry in the fellowship hall of Trinity Church at 3:00 p.m.
The Press will be displaying all of these books plus an array of titles about Savannah, coastal ecology, Georgia history and culture, and more. Special features include a gathering of beautiful fine arts and decorative arts books that we're distributing for the Telfair Museum of Art.
Images (courtesy of the Savannah Book Festival):
Left: John Berendt at the 2008 festival.
Right: Author tent at the 2008 festival.